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02 February 2006

Victim in El Cerrito murders was lecturer at Haas

Paul Rogers, who died on Tuesday (along with his wife, Julie Wycoff Rogers) at the hands of an attacker in their El Cerrito home, had been a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business since 2000. Said Haas Dean Tom Campbell in a message to the Haas community: "To all who know him, Paul was a wonderful friend, a warm and witty colleague, and a dedicated teacher at Haas. And he was loyal to his school. We will all miss him greatly."

Campus webpage offers resources putting Chronicle coverage in context

As is now well-known, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported on several matters resulting from its ongoing examination of materials obtained from the University of California in response to its various records requests. The bulk of this reporting has focused on issues relating to executive compensation within the University of California system, though some has examined the actions and decisions of individual campus leaders, including January's decision by Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to authorize a full year's sabbatical payment to former Chancellor Robert Berdahl, recently named head of the American Association of Universities.

Berkeley's online NewsCenter has created a web page (newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/compensation) to provide the public and the Berkeley community with a central repository for documents, contextual information, and official communications that are related to these complicated issues but not always included in the press coverage about them. It will be updated as events and information warrant.

Feb. 3 lecture on Central Valley and the future of California

Carol Whiteside, president of the Modesto-based Great Valley Center, will deliver the Fourth Victor Jones Memorial Lecture on Metropolitan Governance on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3 to 4 p.m. Her talk at Alumni House, "Making Room for California's Future: Why the Central Valley Matters," will address the enormous changes occurring in that region - expected to grow by more than 7 million people by 2040 - and a new leadership model for managing growth and housing development in the state.

Whiteside founded the Great Valley Center in 1997 to promote the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the valley. A graduate of UC Davis, she has served as the director of intergovernmental affairs in the governor's office and as assistant secretary of the California Resources Agency. She served in Modesto on the Board of Education, the city council, and as mayor (elected in 1987). A reception will follow the lecture.

Nominations sought for Regents' Professors and Lecturers

Nominations are due by Tuesday, Feb. 21, for the 2006-07 Regents' Professorships and Lectureships Program, which brings to the University distinguished individuals whose careers in arts, letters, sciences, or business have been substantially outside the academic profession.

Nominations are made by schools and departments through their deans and department chairs; submit nominations and supporting letters to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare, 200 California Hall, MC 1500, attention: Cathy Romanski. Details and a downloadable Word version of the nomination form can be found at vpaafw.chance.berkeley.edu/regents_professor.html.

Two campus blood drives in February

Giving blood saves lives: just one blood donation, in fact, can help keep three people alive. For those interested in participating, the American Red Cross and UC San Francisco (UCSF) together sponsor several dozen blood drives on the Berkeley campus throughout the year.

During February, the American Red Cross will hold a two-day drive on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10; come to the East Pauley Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, third floor. (Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Make appointments online at beadonor.com/index.cfm?Group=Registration. Use the sponsor code "UCB" to find drives on campus.)

On Thursday, Feb. 23, the UCSF Mobile Blood Drive van will be parked on Bancroft Way, just east of Telegraph Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

For the complete schedule of campus blood drives for 2006, see uhs.berkeley.edu/home/news/bloodrives.shtml.

Campus to host national African American literacy event on Feb. 6

On Monday, Feb. 6, the Berkeley campus will participate as a host in the 17th Annual African American Read-In, a national literacy event celebrating African American books and authors. The theme for 2006 is "Books That Heal."

Staff, faculty, students, and members of the community are invited to attend the "Books That Heal" panel and a symposium on communicating across cultures. African American authors will facilitate panel discussions and readings that celebrate the African-American tradition of healing through narrative history. Panelists include congressional press director Candace Sandy and former Simon & Schuster editor Dawn Daniels, author of the books Souls of My Sisters and Souls of My Brothers, as well as male writers yet to be confirmed. The panel discussion will be hosted by Jarralynne Agee, lecturer in African American Studies and manager of Berkeley's workforce-literacy program, the CALS Project.

"Books That Heal" will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 102 Moffitt, during a session of the undergraduate class Issues in African American Psychology; it is open to the campus community. For information, contact Jarralynne Agee at jagee@berkeley.edu or 643-5280.

Eyewitnesses to report on North Korean migrants and defectors, Feb. 9

Four students from the Graduate School of Journalism will speak about their travels to South Korea and northern China in a roundtable event set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in North Gate Hall Library. The students will show slides and discuss the North Korean migrants and defectors, missionaries, and aid workers they interviewed, as well as how the media covers the reclusive "rogue state" of North Korea. For details, see ieas.berkeley.edu/events/2006.02.09.html and journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/north_korea.

Feb. 28 deadline to apply for campus grants for courses on time and the arts

The Consortium for the Arts & Art Research Center is offering 2006-07 curriculum grants for courses that will consider the issue of time and the arts. Faculty and GSIs who wish to develop courses on this topic, using at least two arts media and drawing on existing campus arts resources, may apply for grants of $750. Team-taught or interdepartmental courses are encouraged, though not required.

To apply for a 2006-07 grant, contact Michele Rabkin, associate director of the Consortium for the Arts & Arts Research Center, at micheler@berkeley.edu or 642-4268. Applications are due by Tuesday, Feb. 28.